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World US and South Korea reach agreement to fund Koreans working for US Forces Korea

08:30  03 june  2020
08:30  03 june  2020 Source:   cnn.com

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a view of a city: This picture taken 26 December 2011 shows the Pentagon building in Washington, DC. The Pentagon, which is the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense (DOD), is the world's largest office building by floor area, with about 6,500,000 sq ft (600,000 m2), of which 3,700,000 sq ft (340,000 m2) are used as offices. Approximately 23,000 military and civilian employees and about 3,000 non-defense support personnel work in the Pentagon. (Photo credit should read STAFF/AFP via Getty Images) © Staff/AFP/Getty Images This picture taken 26 December 2011 shows the Pentagon building in Washington, DC. The Pentagon, which is the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense (DOD), is the world's largest office building by floor area, with about 6,500,000 sq ft (600,000 m2), of which 3,700,000 sq ft (340,000 m2) are used as offices. Approximately 23,000 military and civilian employees and about 3,000 non-defense support personnel work in the Pentagon. (Photo credit should read STAFF/AFP via Getty Images)

The Pentagon announced Tuesday that the Department of Defense and South Korea reached a new cost-sharing agreement for the country to fund over 4,000 Korean nationals who work for US Forces Korea through the end of 2020.

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South Korea – United States relations ( Korean : 한미관계; Hanja: 韓美關係; RR: Hanmi gwangye) refers to international relations between South Korea and the United States .

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The department said in a statement that the $200 million agreement "is a direct reflection of the United States' commitment to readiness, to our Korean employees, and to the Alliance -- 'the linchpin of peace and stability on the Korean peninsula.' "

The Trump administration had originally sought last year to get Seoul to pay some $1.6 billion toward the cost of housing US troops, but agreed to the lower $1 billion figure with the understanding that they could negotiate a new arrangement for 2020. No agreement was reached earlier this year and the workers were furloughed without pay.

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South Korea never signed the Armistice Agreement , due to President Syngman Rhee's refusal to accept having failed to unify Korea by force .[4][5] China normalized relations and signed a peace treaty with South Korea in 1992. In 1994, China withdrew from the Military Armistice Commission

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"In regards to the lapsed (Special Measures Agreement), the Department of Defense believes that equitable burden-sharing between the governments of the United States and the Republic of Korea is in the best interest of all parties," the statement read.

The department said that absent an agreement, "critical defense infrastructure projects will remain suspended, all logistics support contracts for USFK will continue to be paid completely by the U.S., and burden sharing will remain out of balance for an Alliance that values and desires parity."

Several senior US military and defense officials had worried earlier this year that the two allies could fail to reach agreement on the new cost-sharing formula, warning that as many as 9,000 Korean workers could be furloughed as a result, as was the case.

The officials said the situation could undermine the US military mission amid tensions with North Korea.

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Despite the monumental challenges involved in piecing the Korean peninsula back together, South Korea 's president continues to push it as a key policy goal.

Periodic differences between the United States and the Republic of Korea over policy towards the North have not undermined the overall bilateral relationship. Working out these differences through consultation is what counts and, on that score, the United States has done well.

A senior State Department official told CNN in February that US officials had "adjusted our stance" during the course of six rounds of negotiations, and said they were not currently laser-focused on getting the South Koreans to increase the amount they pay by 400%.

Moon Jae-in wearing a suit and tie: US President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in in April 11, 2019. © Alex Wong/Getty Images North America/Getty Images US President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in in April 11, 2019.

North Korea says it has severed all communication with South Korea .
The decision carried further significance because it was attributed in part to Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.The decision carried further significance because it was attributed in part to Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who has risen in prominence in recent weeks.

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